Widows are among some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Many of the women and their children are malnourished, exposed to disease and face isolation from their community. Today the one in ten women above the age of 14 in Africa who are widow face a bleak future with little access to employment to get the food and education their children so desperately need. Can you imagine the feeling of not knowing where the next meal for you and your children would come from?

An increase in the number of deaths from disease and conflict has led to a 9% rise in sub-Saharan Africa in the number of widows and families whose husbands have gone missing and are presumed dead. The need for food, healthcare and water for these families is growing every year and African Development Trust is struggling to meet the demand. In the last two years we have distributed over widow food packs to over 400 women and emergency aid to thousands more.

But we know there are many more who need our help. Your generous donation of just £50 per month will provide one family with enough food and water for an entire month alongside specialised vocational training.


In the last 14 years we have seen the horrific treatment of widows across the remotest areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Widows are regularly accused of killing their husbands through the transmission of diseases like HIV and neglect with their property often seized by the family of their late husband. Widows are being left without shelter or finances for them and their children. African Development Trust focuses on rebuilding the lives of the most vulnerable widows by giving them vocational training and providing income generation opportunities alongside emergency aid. Our approach is long-term and sustainable so that they can build a better future for their family.

As a small charity in Africa our work has been inspired by the practise of Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) treatment of widows and their children. According to Sahih Bukhari the Prophet once said “The one who looks after and works for a widow and for a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah’s cause.” Taking care of a widow is considered a very high form of charity which benefits an entire society and will lead to a brighter future for her family.

Family Sponsorship

The loss of a breadwinner due to illness or lack of employment opportunities is challenging in any society but for a family living in extreme poverty it can be a matter of life or death. Our Family Sponsorship Program in sub-Saharan Africa aims to provide a family with enough food and healthcare to give them a better future. The money that you donate will go directly to the family and they are then regularly monitored with visits and reviews to ensure that they are receiving the full benefits of the sponsorship. You will then be sent a full report about the family and the positive impact your donation has made.

All of our projects focus on ensuring that we are empowering local communities and families to build a future outside of poverty. Through our family sponsorship we work hard to ensure that children are receiving the best education possible and parents have opportunities to learn new skills. We want to create a sustainable and thriving future for the poorest people in Africa.